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Ottawa - Cobourg Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 7 daily trains from Ottawa to Cobourg. Traveling by train from Ottawa to Cobourg usually takes around 3 hours and 37 minutes, but the fastest VIA Rail train can make the trip in 2 hours and 49 minutes.

Distance158 mi (254 km)
Fastest train2h 49m
Lowest price$39.85
Trains per day8
Most frequent serviceVIA Rail
Train lines1

What is the price of a train ticket from Ottawa to Cobourg?

In the last month, $60.50 was the average price of a train ticket from Ottawa to Cobourg. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 26 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $23.10 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Ottawa to Cobourg by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for April. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $62 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Ottawa to Cobourg in October, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $75 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Which train should you take from Ottawa to Cobourg?

VIA Rail is the one and only train line which connects Ottawa to Cobourg. However, there are 7 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
VIA Rail73h 37m$76.47
  • VIA Rail

    VIA Rail

    VIA Rail, also known as Via Rail Canada or simply VIA, provides service across the Canadian provinces and territories, including 7 daily trips between Ottawa and Cobourg. In addition to being completely green-certified, VIA Rail’s new, state-of-the-art trains feature amenities such as free reliable Wi-Fi, wide aisles, ergonomic seats, and wheelchair lifts in every accessible car. VIA Rail is known for its unparalleled customer service and snazzy black and yellow paint scheme.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Ottawa to Cobourg during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the train journey from Ottawa to Cobourg?

The distance between Ottawa and Cobourg is approximately 158 miles, or 254 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 37 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 49 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

When are trains the most crowded?

Sunday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Ottawa to Cobourg. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Sunday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Tuesday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Ottawa at 5:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 6:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Ottawa to Cobourg?

There are 7 scheduled trains on most days. 8 of these are direct connections to Cobourg. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Cobourg to Ottawa.

City Information

Ottawa

If big cities such as Toronto or Montreal appear too crowded for your taste, consider Ottawa for a change. Boasting a small-town vibe with a vibrant art scene, the city will appeal to all kinds of travelers. Ottawa’s star attraction is the Rideau Canal, which meanders its way through the city center. In the summer months, the canal is full of boats and cyclists who wander about, and in the colder months of the year, it becomes the largest ice skating rink in the world. If you are a fan of architecture, don’t miss out on Parliament Hill, which features three amazing neo-Gothic structures. For those who seek to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, Gatineau Park, located just 15 minutes from Downtown, offers the reprieve you need.

Ottawa features a very diverse food scene that caters to everyone’s needs. If you just can’t get enough of French delicacies, head to Signatures Restaurant, which is housed in a Tudor Revival-style mansion. If you want to try out Canadian signatures, try Atelier instead.

The main intercity train station in town is Ottawa Station, which is served by VIA Rail. The city’s air services are handled by the Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport, which is located 5.5 miles south of the city’s downtown.

Cobourg

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Cobourg is an ideal family destination with outstanding natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. Known to many as the "gem of Lake Ontario," Cobourg has beautiful beaches and stunning waterfront walks in abundance. But Cobourg isn't only worth experiencing lakeside; downtown, you'll find architectural marvels galore, most notably in the form of the tremendous municipal columns of Victoria Hall and the breathtaking stained-glass windows at St. Peter's Church. Lovers of the outdoors are spoiled for choice by the town's vast green spaces, perfect for hiking, cycling, fishing, birdwatching, and snowmobiling.

Cobourg's restaurants serve up various culinary experiences ranging from international delicacies to cheerful pub grub, and the historic harbourfront Farmers' Market at Rotary Park is a great way to eat local. Many independent shops and boutiques, often housed in restored heritage buildings, provide visitors a unique shopping experience akin to a treasure hunt.

The central train station in Cobourg is operated by VIA Rail and provides easy connections to major cities, including nearby Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal. Airports in Peterborough and Toronto are also available for long-distance travel.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Ottawa?

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Main departure station: Ottawa Train Station

The Ottawa Station is the central station for intermodal transportation services in Ottawa. Constructed in 1966, the current station is an eclectic mix of modernism and Beaux-Arts, offering a unique design that makes it stand out from the crowd. The current station provides intercity bus services and rail services all from one convenient hub. The rail services are provided by VIA Rail, with possible destinations including Toronto and Montreal. In addition, Ontario Northland offers bus service, and there is also a shuttle bus line from the station to Montréal–Trudeau International Airport. On-station amenities include a parking lot with 330 spaces, bicycle parking racks, and disabled access.

All train stations in Ottawa:

  • Ottawa Train Station

  • Fallowfield Train Station

Where is the train station in Cobourg?

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Main arrival station: Cobourg VIA Station

The Cobourg VIA Station serves VIA Rail's Toronto to Ottawa and Toronto to Montreal lines. In 2011, the existing station was expanded to include a new platform, a modernized skywalk, and additional amenities, including accessible entrances and bicycle facilities. There is plentiful seating and restrooms inside. There is currently no local transit service to the station, but parking is available for those driving themselves. Several fast-food restaurants are just a short walk away on Division Street for a meal before your train ride.

All train stations in Cobourg:

  • Cobourg VIA Station

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